The Learning Forest is located in the new Tyersall-Gallop Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is designed to integrate with the existing 6-hectare Rain Forest to form an enlarged forest habitat.
The Learning Forest features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest. Visitors can learn about freshwater forest wetland ecosystems at the Keppel Discovery Wetlands and walk amongst a collection of some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia at the SPH Walk of Giants.
Approximately 190 plants species have been recorded in the Tyerall area, of which 29 are critically endangered, 14 are endangered and 29 are vulnerable.
Other highlights of the Learning Forest include themed collections showcasing trees with interesting forms and bark, a bambusetum, and an arboretum of wild fruit trees.
Wild Fruit Trees Arboretum
The collection of wild fruit trees features wild relatives of familiar and domesticated species, such as species from the Soursop (Annonaceae), Jackfruit (Moraceae), Lychee (Sapindaceae) and Mango (Anarcardiaceae) families.
The Bambusetum features over 30 species of tropical bamboos, showcasing the wide diversity of growth forms that occur naturally in the wild.
Bark of Trees
The Bark of Trees feature is an exposition of the diversity of textures and colours exhibited by trees in their bark.
Products of the Forest
This collection features forest plants that are cultivated for human uses such as timber, building materials and food.
This part of the Learning Forest features tree species with specialised growth forms that inspired E J H Corner to formulate his ‘Durian Theory’. Corner postulated that many of today’s plants are descended from tree species with large fruit similar to durians.
Don’t forget to bring your kids to the canopy web where they can walk, crawl or lie on it.
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Opening Hours: 5am – 12 midnight daily (the SPH Walk of Giants and Keppel Discovery Wetlands will be closed from 7pm to 7am to maintain a conducive habitat for wildlife)
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